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DeaDBeeF (as in 0xDEADBEEF) is billed as the ultimate music player for Linux systems.

It is a very basic and simple player with a small footprint. It has no GNOME or KDE dependencies.

 DeaDBeeF 0.6.1

Free to download



Alexey Yakovenkot and contributors


System Requirements
gtk+-2.0 2.12 or higher
libcurl 7.10 or higher
libcdio + libcddb

Support Sites:
FAQ, SourceForge Project Page, Deadbeef Users' Mailing List, Deadbeef Developers' Mailing List

Selected Reviews:

Features include:

  • Small memory footprint
  • Native GTK2 graphical user interface with custom widgets
  • Wide support for different audio formats including MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC, ape,  wv, wav, m4a, mpc, cd audio (and many more)
  • Chiptune formats with subtunes (including sid and nsf)
  • ID3v1, ID3v2.2, ID3v2.3, ID3v2.4, APEv2, xing/info tags support
  • Character set detection for non-unicode id3 tags - supports cp1251 and iso8859-1
  • Unicode tags are fully supported as well (both utf8 and ucs2)
  • Cuesheet (.cue files) support, with charset detection (utf8/cp1251/iso8859-1)
  • Tracker modules like mod, s3m, it, xm, etc
  • HVSC song length database support for sid
  • Minimize to tray, with scrollwheel volume control
  • Drag and drop, both inside of playlist, and from filemanagers and such
  • Control playback of DeaDBeeF from the command line
  • Global hotkeys
  • Multiple playlists
  • Album artwork display
  • 18-band graphical equalizer
  • Metadata editor
  • User-customizable groups in playlists
  • User-customizable columns with flexible title formatting
  • Radio and podcast support for ogg vorbis, mp3 and aac streams
  • Gapless playback
  • Plugin support; bundled with lots of plugins, such as global hotkeys and scrobbler
  • Duration calculation is as precise as possible for vbr mp3 files (with and without xing/info tags)

DeaDBeeF in action

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